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Post-Master’s Certificate
in Project Management

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Post-Master’s Certificate in Project Management

Modern business projects are complex and challenging, requiring a fine balance between meeting user needs, sticking to allocated budgets, optimizing resources, staying within scope, maintaining quality, and completing tasks on time. Without a structured approach to all these factors, it becomes nearly impossible to deliver a successful project. The right techniques and methods can reduce costs, improve efficiencies, enhance customer and stakeholder satisfaction, and create a competitive advantage for your business. For these reasons, project management is now one of the fastest growing professional disciplines in business.

This graduate-level specialization is designed for administrative and management professionals who want to become proficient project managers. You’ll focus on applying principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. The coursework provides both strategies and training for planning, project control, leadership, improving teamwork performance, and delivering projects on time and on budget.

Admission Requirements 

  • A conferred master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Course Details

For the Post Master’s Certificate in Business with a Project Management specialization, you must complete 18 credit hours, including five required courses and one School of Business doctoral level elective. The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 14 months.

Required Course Listing

An examination of strategies and materials necessary for project teams to manage procurement processes and issues. The course covers procurement and contracting for products, services, and personnel, as well as legal and ethical implications of procurement and contracting. You should be able to apply procurement management principles and PMBOK (5th ed) processes to actual contracts and procurement contexts, and to apply organizational theories to project procurement research.

This course examines project risk management planning strategies by teaching you to identify, analyze, and suggest responses to processes regarding monitoring and control. You’ll be evaluated on your response to discussion questions, subject matter related to course activities, and written research papers.

In this course, you’ll explore project monitoring and control components to identify variances from the project plan. You’ll assess project monitoring and the controls to be applied from a theoretical viewpoint by researching key theorists and implementers in the field. The course concludes with a final assessment project in which you formulate corrective actions to bring a project back on plan.

This course provides strategies from industries responsible for management of multiple projects. You’ll utilize multi-project management tools, techniques, and methods needed to successfully manage allocated resources across various projects. At the conclusion, you’ll be evaluated on your response to discussion questions, subject matter related to course activities, and written research papers.

Budgets can provide a measurement of the authorized work physically accomplished, as well a status of the work completed. This course explores an effective tool for both managing budgets and measuring project process: The Earned Value Management technique.

* National University’s Post-Master’s Certificate program allows you to select one course from a broad range of electives to fit your personal and professional goals. You must complete a minimum of three credit hours at the doctoral level (7000 or 8000) offered by the NU School of Business.

Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

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